Ira Krupp, a Vicksburg resident and St. Joseph County farmer, will be inducted into the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame in a September 9 ceremony at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall.
Krupp, involved in the agricultural industry for 37 years, owns 200 acres at his Mendon Township farm producing row crops, corn, and soybeans. Hall of Fame directors said the management of his property demonstrates a high level of commitment to agricultural stewardship and environmental protection.
Krupp retired as an extension educator with MSU Extension in 2011, then continued to grow and expand the operation of his family’s five-generation farm. The farm gradually transitioned into seed and corn production, and wheat production was discontinued. He was recognized in 2022 as the conservation farmer of the year by the Kalamazoo County Conservation District for the many conservation advancements he started on his family farm.
The Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame was founded in 1982 with an annual induction ceremony held during the Prairieville Farm Days for the next 28 years. In 2015, it moved to the Calhoun County site.
The 2023 Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. September 9. Farmers from South Haven, Saint Johns and Coldwater will also be inducted.